Before the world was made, God our Father chose us in Christ to praise the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved.
We do not need to worry about material things, because the Lord has sent us free and given us the richness of his grace.
Like Amos, we may feel unworthy, but we called to bring God’s message to all people. The Lord will always be near to help us.
Christ came that we might have life and have it to the full. Death came through the power of evil, and it is to rescue us from this that Christ gave his life for us.
He tells us to wake from our sleep and turn to him that we may find life. If we have faith, then it is life, not death, which will conquer.
Fear plays too large a part in our lives. Love casts out fear, and God’s love endures for ever. Fear may be due to a lack of faith that God really cares for us.
Christ may seem to be asleep, but he is with us always, and has the power to calm even the stormiest troubles of our lives.
The mustard seed is tiny, yet when it grows in good soil it becomes a large shrub, to which birds can come to find shelter to build their nests. The kingdom of God is like a tiny seed within us, yet if we allow it to grow by doing things that are pleasing to God, then people will see that we are truly witnesses to Christ. It is God who gives the increase, for which we give thanks.
Christ is our high priest who constantly makes intercession for us. He offers himself to his Father as an atonement for our sins and establishes a new covenant with God in his own Body and Blood. This is far greater than the old Jewish sacrifice of goats and bull calves. It wins for us the eternal inheritance that we have been promised.
True love is from God. The Holy Spirit lives not only in us but in many people who may seem to be outside the community of faith that is the Church.
We show we are Christians by the generous love we show to one another and to all people, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem gives way to his passion and death.
Yet within a few days Jesus will rise triumphant from the dead.
He is the firm ground of our hope that all sufferings in this life are overcome in the power of his resurrection.
Christ, like a grain of wheat that dies in order to produce new life, dies for us.
Following, his example, we are called to realise that if we want eternal life we have to be prepared to give our lives to God. The Lord writes his law in our hearts and we submit humbly to his will, even in times of pain and suffering. There is no greater school in which to grow in holiness.
Jesus Christ is given to the world by God the Father so that those who believe in his name may be saved.
He brings us new life because previously we were dead through sin but now we are saved through grace.
We are God’s work of art, created in Jesus Christ.